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In addition to fun features like enhanced lock screens and the ability to lift photo subjects from their background, Apple's latest mobile operating system enables users to reduce their carbon footprint with zero effort.
iOS 16 will soon include Clean Energy Charging, which optimizes charging to coincide with times when cleaner energy is powering the electric grid. In most regions, renewables like wind and solar constitute only part of the required energy supply. Lower efficiency power plants — powered by coal or gas, for example — are added to the mix when demand is high.
After users toggle the new feature on, their iPhone will selectively charge when lower carbon emission electricity is available in their area. Clean Energy Charging will be included with an iOS 16 update later this year and will only be available to users in the US.
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